Dirty dancing: The Dying Swan in the Thames Estuary
26 September 2016
The inaugural Estuary Festival presents art, literature, music and film in historic and unusual venues along the 'edgeland' of the Thames Estuary on the coastlands of Essex and Kent. Filmmaker Mark Donne has contributed new work Listening with Frontiersman, a five-screen installation exploring the significance of this unique landscape. Mute is one part of this work, featured below, in which dancer Cira Robinson performs The Dying Swan solo - originally created for ballet's first superstar Anna Pavlova by choreographer Michel Fokine - on the mudflats of the Estuary.
The work is installed in the 19th century Coalhouse Fort on Thames marshland at Tilbury, where Christopher Nolan shot the opening sequences for Batman Begins. Other pieces in the installation feature soundscapes by Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Read more about the work at Mark Donne's website.
Estuary 2016 runs until 2 October 2016; various venues.